Acute Mental Health (Inpatient)
An acute mental health nurse provides care to people who are experiencing an acute episode of mental illness. If a person is admitted to an acute inpatient unit, it is often because their mental illness is not manageable in a less restrictive setting.
Nurses working within Acute Mental Health must have experience in dealing with conditions such as:
- Manic depression;
- Personality disorder;
- Bipolar disorder;
- Schizo-affective disorder;
- Anxiety disorders;
- Alcohol/substance dependence;
- Eating disorders;
- Manic Episode.
All nurses working within Acute Mental Health must have training in High Secure Aggressive Behaviour Management or S.A.V.E. (Supreme Aggression & Violence Education). This training provides education in relation to the Mental Health & Custodial Legislation and education on de-escalation and self defence.